This morning we headed into town to get a fan for Reyna, a girl who used to live at Copprome. She has aged out and she is now living on her own. She seems to be doing very well. It's great to hear success stories like Reyna's and realize that these kids will have a positive future. Copprome, I believe, is the best thing for these children and now adults. While we were in town we bought two rose bushes, some flowers and paint. We were headed to Copprome to make Our Lady, Mary, look even better than She already does. On the first day we got here at Copprome the children brought us all to see Mary. They are so proud of her. Mary recently had been painted by a woman who was on mission trip the week before us with Friends of Los Ninos. The children kept saying "muy bonita" while pointing at Mary. I was in aw over how much they loved their Mary.
While we were planting the rose bushes and flowers, we had a few adorable helpers.
Once we finished, we headed to tutor centers around El Progreso. These two tutoring centers used to be Copprome orphanages, one was for the girls and the other for the boys. Palermo, the first tutoring center, had just been redone. I love knowing that mission trips really come here to fix what needs to be fixed for these children. I was told daily about other missionaries came in and fixed this or that. It's awesome to know that there's so many people out there willing to help the children of Honduras. The children at Palermo did not need any warming up to my camera. They were all about it right away.
I learned that Anthony is the son of Doris. They are both photographed above. Doris works at Copprome and all the children absolutely love her. I met Anthony at Palermo. I was around him for maybe 45 minutes and I could tell right away how sweet and caring he is. He is smart too, he can speak English very well. Doris is definatley doing something right with Anthony! But really what a sweet, addictive smile him and his mother have.
This is always fun to do with children. It takes their mind off that they are actually taking a photograph and really just playing around. We had them act out animals and emotions. You get the most amazing expressions. I think I took over a thousand photographs during this five minutes. Haha. You're welcome for narrowing it down to four.
We headed to the next tutoring center, Laureles. It was on some pretty crazy narrow gravel roads. On the way there I noticed about three horses that were so skinny. Their legs looked like the size of a large dog. I may be exaggerating a little but I have never seen a horse this skinny. I am not an animal person, it is a flaw of mine, I know. Ever since I have been here in Honduras, I have sorrow for all these animals. I wasn't able to get a photograph of the horses due to being on a lovely bumpy gravel road.
Of course I had to get a photograph of Sister sitting in the most perfect light! She is a rockstar y'all. I think everyone in El Progreso and even towns surrounding know who Sister SorTeresita is. I swear she's an angel!
We headed back to Copprome for the evening. It was time to distribute the boys clothing that was generously donated. I wanted to squeeze and hug all the boys coming in the room to receive the donations. The boys didn't have a big variety like the girls did and I thought the boys would of been bumped out about what they saw. These kids are constantly proving me wrong. They were so grateful. They were filled with so much joy over getting a plain white Hanes t-shirt. I just wanted to cry. Because I HAVE to have a new outfit for every little event I go to. Since I have been here, I made a promise to myself that I will always ask is this a want or a need? want vs. need, want vs. need! If you think about it we really do not need much. It's the wants that make us keep buying clothes or random things at Target that we definitely do not need. That's a stab at myself. Haha!
My little buddy Joseph wanted cleats for soccer more than anything. Well every boy wanted cleats but were happy with getting any kind pair of shoes. Half of them play soccer barefoot anyway and are just as happy. We handed Joseph these orange cleats that I thought were going to be way too small, which they probably were, BUT he got his foot into them. The smile on his face will be something I will never forget. He didn't leave the room without giving Kelsey, Chelsea and I a huge hug.